Top things to do in Central Tunisia

Top Choice Archaeological Site in Central Tunisia

Dougga

Arguably the most magnificent Roman site in Africa, Dougga’s ancient remains – a Unesco World Heritage site since 1997 – are startlingly complete, giving a beguiling glimpse of how well-heeled Romans lived, flitting…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Central Tunisia

Uthina

On the cultivated amber slopes of Mt Mekrima, the fascinating but little-visited ruins of ancient Uthina are the remains of one of the Roman Empire's oldest cities in Africa. Not much is known about Uthina, but the …
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Sbeitla

Sufetula

One of North Africa's best-preserved ancient Roman cities, Sufetula is awash with temples, monumental arches and bath complexes that speak of an ancient civilisation that knew how to live. Much is still unknown abou…
Top Choice Cafe in Takrouna

Le Rocher Bleu

Aida Gmach Bellagha, whose family hailed from Takrouna, moved from Tunis to embark on an ambitious project to cultivate interest in local Berber heritage, resulting in this beautiful, cosy cafe and the Dar Gmach mus…
Archaeological Site in Central Tunisia

Thuburbo Majus

Surrounded by shimmering wheat fields and olive groves like those that made its fortune, Thuburbo Majus has a prosperous air even in its ruinous state. In the 2nd century, this Roman colony for war veterans had 10,0…
Archaeological Site in Central Tunisia

Ammaedara

The remote border village of Haidra is the site of ancient Ammaedara, once a Roman legionary outpost. It’s a wonderfully evocative place, and the atmosphere is especially magical as the sun slowly sets behind the mo…
Mountain in Central Tunisia

Jugurtha's Table

This spectacular flat-topped mountain (1271m) rises almost vertically from the surrounding plains. Its sheer, impregnable walls make it a superb natural fortress and, indeed, the mountain bears the name of the ruthl…
Cafe in Le Kef

Café Bou Makhlouf

With its coffee tables and Berber mats trickling down the stairs in front of Zaouiet Sidi Bou Makhlouf, this cafe couldn't be in a more wonderfully picturesque location. It’s a female-friendly place, and you can com…
Tomb in Zaghouan

Zaouia of Sidi Ali Azouz

Zaghouan's architectural highlight is this tomb complex dedicated to the city patron of Tunis, which has a green fish-scale dome and, inside, superb tiled walls, colourful stained glass and intricately carved plaste…
Archaeological Site in Central Tunisia

Makthar

Once the most prosperous Roman city in this area, ancient Mactaris has lain in ruins since it was devastated by invading Arab tribes in 1050 AD. Before this, the town changed hands so many times that its history rea…